December 19, 2014 Final report from ICSU’s global conference on science advice to governments is now available

The synthesis report of the first international conference on Science Advice to Governments is now available on the ICSU website. The conference had brought together science advisors, discount senior officials, representatives of national academies, experts and scholars from more than 40 countries. Among others, Stefan Claesson, Prof. at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, participated in the event. Claesson is also a member of the Swedish National Committee for Global Environmental Change at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

About the conference

This meeting was co-hosted by the Office of Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand, and the International Council for Science (ICSU) and took place on 28 August 2014 ahead of ICSU’s General Assembly.

The aims of the conference were:

  • to create an informal space for open discussion about the practice of science advice
  • to start to build a peer network of science advice practitioners and scholars
  • to respond to the growing global interest in the role of the scientific voice in policy-making and assess whether it is possible to develop a set of guiding principles for science advice.

The ICSU will continue to work closely with Gluckman’s office and other members of the Organising Committee to develop follow-up activities in 2015.